Last year, the 1st grade teachers visited the Okoboji school. One of the ideas we observed was the lighting of their rooms. They had hung Christmas lights from the ceiling, used the natural light coming in from the windows, and some well placed lamps instead of the harsh, overhead lights. They also had soothing instrumental music playing. When we entered the room, everything was very calm. This was one idea that we wanted to incorporate into our rooms this year. There are some gloomy days where we need to turn on one bank of lights, but we all enjoy having the lights in our classes.